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The Patriots moved as quickly as the police this morning.

The team just announced via Twitter that it released tight end Aaron Hernandez, shortly after he was led out of his house in handcuffs.

While there will be salary cap ramifications of this one from the contract extension they rewarded him with, the high ground was apparently worth it. The notion of the “Patriot Way” was routinely mocked in the wake of this investigation, and they apparently opted to not wait.

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  1. vegaskid21 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:27 AM

    Wow!!! That was fast.

  2. rationalitybias says: Jun 26, 2013 10:28 AM

    Wow. They must know something.

  3. mvp43 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:28 AM

    Can the Pats get any of that 12 mil signing bonus back?

  4. scottychicago says: Jun 26, 2013 10:29 AM

    he’s having a bad morning.

  5. spellingcops says: Jun 26, 2013 10:29 AM

    Wow. Kudos to the Pats organization for not giving him the star treatment.

  6. maddog111 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:29 AM

    Good job Patriots.

  7. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 26, 2013 10:29 AM

    They either want to make an example of him or know something we don’t.

  8. steelbloggin says: Jun 26, 2013 10:29 AM

    Buh Bye

  9. grudenlikesme says: Jun 26, 2013 10:30 AM

    This isn’t going to get better for him. I’m sure they no more then we do. He’s as good as gone from society it seems to look like. Wasted talent.

  10. cortiz086 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:30 AM


  11. weaponx73 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:30 AM

    They know what those charges are. The DA probably gave the Pats the heads up.

  12. rodge1 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:31 AM

    Somewhere Ballard and Tebow are high-fiving each other.

  13. mikejsmith32 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:31 AM

    Dear Jerrah,

    Please do not sign him… we’ve got enough problems without him.

    Every Dallas Cowboys Fan Ever

  14. livingsacrifice86 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    It’s obvious Hernandez was involved in this situation in some way, while I have no idea if he shot and killed someone, the things that have happened up until this point do not favor him. Good decision by the Pats

  15. steve717 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    The Pats will likely be able to recover some of that signing bonus. It probably won’t help them this year, but could down the road.

  16. dvdman123 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    All I can is WOW.

  17. ronworthdubbs says: Jun 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    Have the Bengals announced they’ve claimed him on waivers?

  18. blizzard01 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:34 AM

    I don’t root for this team.
    But I respect them.

  19. sb44champs says: Jun 26, 2013 10:34 AM

    It’s about time…

  20. j98me2 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:35 AM

    The pats security staff surely contains plenty of law enforcement. I wonder if they know something we don’t, like he is charged with a lot more than obstruction of justice.

  21. tedmurph says: Jun 26, 2013 10:35 AM

    They’ll get some of that bonus money back too.

  22. doc305 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:37 AM

    You gotta assume that the Patriots know a little more than we do about this right? you don’t just throw away 10 million because a guy got arrested. Maybe that got wind already about what the charges will be…

  23. vincentbojackson says: Jun 26, 2013 10:37 AM

    Apparently the Pats front office doesn’t agree with all of the Pats fans who’ve been telling us to let the legal system run its course.

    Kraft put an end to this nonsense and is moving on. Say what you want about the Pats but Kraft has some stones.

  24. staubach12ismyidol says: Jun 26, 2013 10:37 AM

    A tip of the hat to Robert Kraft and the Pats organization. Nice to finally see an owner who puts morals and principles over wins and results.

  25. romoscollarbone says: Jun 26, 2013 10:38 AM

    I have a feeling, Hernandez was fronting money for drugs and that the deceased worked for him, hence being found near the rental in Hernandez’s name. A deal went sour and Lloyd was killed and Hernandez broke up his phone and security system because it had evidence of the drug dealings, and that the murder isn’t on his hands per se, but all the other nefarious activity is.

  26. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Jun 26, 2013 10:38 AM

    In my opinion, New England had no practical alternative here but to release Hernandez.

  27. ampats says: Jun 26, 2013 10:40 AM

    Glad to see the Patriots do the right thing regardless of cap ramifications. It will be interesting to see what he is actually charged with as the talking heads are guessing it is more serious than obstruction of justice.

    With this move unfortunately for the haters, there will not be a circus in Foxboro this season. A Hernandez is no longer a member of the Patriots and is now a member of the Massachusetts Penal system.

    It is amazing how incredibly stupid he was to get involved in something like this .

  28. phillyupperdecker says: Jun 26, 2013 10:43 AM

    If the Patriots wanna make an offer for the Eagles Brent Celek i’ll listen.

  29. zeeman911 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:45 AM

    As if Kraft doesn’t have a friend at the city who happened to see the warrant is for murder, otherwise why cut him….

  30. dorbs345 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:45 AM

    Apparently Ray Lewis didn’t show him where to hide the white suite?

  31. nickydagreek11 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:45 AM

    Best thing the patriots could do!!! Detach themselves from this headache and move on, Hernandez’s services are not needed out here and I say that even being a Pats fan. I’m assuming there was some language in the contract as well because New England took no time to let him go and kudos to them for that…… Even presumed innocent, just his presence would make them look bad, good job Robert Kraft!!

  32. 187crossbuck says: Jun 26, 2013 10:50 AM

    Everyone from the NFL down to youth football should take notice – again. Tons of lessons to learn from this situation as well as (unfortunately) many previous ones.

  33. aspinaci says: Jun 26, 2013 10:50 AM

    Hopefully an example every other professional team will adopt.

  34. opinevain says: Jun 26, 2013 10:55 AM

    Patriots prove that they will not stand by your side unless you’re Tom Brady. You committed to him for 6 years, at least have the respect for Hernandez and let the system run its course.

  35. shackdelrio says: Jun 26, 2013 10:56 AM

    Don’t expect many mentions of Hernandez during Patriots broadcasts on CBS. Kraft’s friend and suitemate Les Moonves will make sure of it.

  36. bruinsfan1953 says: Jun 26, 2013 10:57 AM

    There is a lesson here for sure , but lets hear the whole story first before whe know what the lessone is here .

  37. blackqbwhiterb says: Jun 26, 2013 10:57 AM

    This kid is in big trouble….before the charges have been made public, they’re already cutting him. This means they know, or know enough…

    But hey, how many of us destroy the hard drive on our surveillance system and smash our cell phone to pieces, just, as a routine thing, every so often, right? I’m sure all of us do, you know, from time to time

  38. mungman69 says: Jun 26, 2013 11:02 AM

    The Pats are trying to clean up their team. Good for them.

  39. jetslakersfan says: Jun 26, 2013 11:02 AM

    I’m sorry I think this is wrong. What happen to due process? I don’t care if the DA gave the Pats a heads up on his charges. This was a PR move period. If it was Brady they wouldn’t had cut him. I’m not saying he not guilty or guilty none of us know but the ones that did it.

  40. irishking says: Jun 26, 2013 11:03 AM

    Hernandez reportedly shot someone else in his face earlier this year.

  41. ravensgrl says: Jun 26, 2013 11:05 AM

    I can’t believe no one thinks this is a knee-jerk reaction by the Pats…. What if the charges (whatever they may be) are dropped in the near future?

  42. antalicus says: Jun 26, 2013 11:08 AM

    I think someone saw this coming when they brought in a load of Tight ends this offseason.

  43. sbchampsagain says: Jun 26, 2013 11:12 AM

    So much for “The best TE receiving duo in the league”

    That was short lived.

    NE becomes a power running team this year. Because they HAVE to.

  44. tophertencha says: Jun 26, 2013 11:15 AM

    I wonder if they would have tried harder to keep Welker had they known it would come to this.

  45. prideof10000lakes says: Jun 26, 2013 11:16 AM

    Perfect example of why to protect your organization against a player with a “checkered past”.

    I thought the Patriots had everything all figured out.

  46. godofwine330 says: Jun 26, 2013 11:23 AM

    There are two questions here:

    1: Will the Pats try to recoup some of the signing bonus
    2: Will some other team pick him up if the only thing that comes from this is an obstruction charge (basically, he didn’t murder anyone or have any part in it).

    Just…wow. He is an idiot, and now he has no team. #smh@wastedtalent

  47. andymannfl says: Jun 26, 2013 11:26 AM

    As a Dolphin fan it pains me to say this but a small part of me is a Pats fan today. This is walking the walk on high character. And please spare me the ‘but, but, he’s innocent until proven guilty.’ If you really believe the team has some obligation to follow the rules of criminal law you’re kidding yourselves. Obviously the evidence is pretty compelling if they released one of their youngest stars.

  48. kenstabler says: Jun 26, 2013 11:27 AM

    Wow, Kraft Putined someone back.

  49. mullman7675 says: Jun 26, 2013 11:30 AM

    It took them long enough.

  50. annes22 says: Jun 26, 2013 11:44 AM

    Good job on the Patriots releasing him. They obviously know more than the rest of us, and they can move on without him. What a looser Hernandez is. Hope he’s happy in his new surroundings, with his new found friends.

  51. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 26, 2013 11:54 AM

    It’s so sad to see that people no longer get their day in court and are judged by what is heard in the media and not by direct evidence.

    I don’t care what some media reports say no matter how much they are repeated in the media, he is innocent until proven guilty.

    Those of you who don’t agree with this should be ashamed of yourselves. Someday, it could be you.

    The media is so wrong all the time, especially with sports media. You can’t trust what you hear. Just because it is trendy to hate somebody doesn’t mean it is correct. Question with boldness. Hernandez may have done all of this, but it must be proven in court, and not the media. If you don’t agree, you are the problem.

  52. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Jun 26, 2013 12:04 PM

    Shouldn’t they wait for him to stand trial? I mean what if he is completely innocent? Imagine if the Lakers had cut Kobe Bryant when he was charged with rape!

    Now I’m not saying he is innocent or guilty. I don’t know and none of you do either, that’s my point.

  53. loubearkane says: Jun 26, 2013 12:06 PM

    It must be proven in court for him to go to jail. The NFL being a private business does not have to prove anything. Conduct detrimental to the team is a pretty broad umbrella. Good for the Patriots

  54. winstonpark says: Jun 26, 2013 12:34 PM

    The Pats didn’t want the distraction, so they let him go before it got any worse. This thing is going to go on forever, and I think it was a smart move to cut him. Now you’re down Hernandez, Gronk, and Welker which accounted for 85% of the offense. I think the Pats are going to have a down year, and someone else wins the division.

  55. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 26, 2013 12:55 PM

    No, a good job would have been realizing this guy is a problem person and to pawn him off on another team in advance of a meltdown. That’s when you really are hitting a strategy jackpot especially if you can find a deal that you feel is in your best interest even if the player doesn’t have off the field problems. Then you have a guaranteed slim victory with a small chance to hit the landslide.

    Pick and choose how you will, but the Pats didn’t find a really good opportunity to deal him and instead gave him a huge amount of money that didn’t even make sense for his projected contribution to the team. It was an obvious move to deal him and they missed it. This could have been a HUGE score for them and it’s gone now because they didn’t have the foresight to capitalize on this option because they overvalued his contribution to this 2 TE system they have. Bad analytics often lead to bad decisions or missed opportunities.

  56. avdabr says: Jun 26, 2013 1:00 PM

    How ironic- Out of high school, Hernandez almost committed to Penn State. Now he’ll be committed to the state pen.

  57. jayniner says: Jun 26, 2013 1:15 PM

    ….and the Raiders are frothing at the mouth over this news.

  58. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:37 PM

    Good move.

  59. daddyb1gdrawz says: Jun 26, 2013 1:45 PM

    Wow!! The Pats are in big trouble. Given Gronk is being sliced like a ham and cheese sandwich so many times this off season and Welker signing elsewhere, Brady will be spending a lot of time developing new chemistry. What a turn of events.

  60. nickster31 says: Jun 26, 2013 1:46 PM

    I am the furthest thing from a Pats fan (Steelers fan), but I have to say hats off to them for this decision.

    The Pats and NFL are doing their own independent investigation and know a LOT more than you and I do.

    The reality is, he is being charged with something, and that alone is good enough reason to cut him.

    Not only that, but to have to absorb the cap hit took class.

    Good job Pats!

  61. lanman11 says: Jun 26, 2013 2:52 PM

    This has been a game of brinkmanship played out daily in the media. After yesterdays claims by his lawyer that he is a victim of unjust rumors, the police show up early on a weekday morning to roust him out of bed for some good photo ops. If the charge is just obstruction of justice, they still don’t have much on him. I’d wait and see how this plays out before jumping to any conclusions.

    BUT, the Patriots don’t have to wait. It’s been rumored that he hasn’t quite fit in with the team very well and keeps to himself. That’s all fine and dandy, except it appears he does this because he associates with a people that may attract negative elements, and he’s alleged to have been a hot head and had some run ins with teammates as well (at least one – Welker). I’ve seen camera shots on the sidelines in critical moments where teammates are in vigorous discussion of what to do and he is sitting nearby, and not involved in finding solutions. I always remembered that sight, and although I know it’s just a snapshot in time and may not be accurate, it jives with the rest of what we hear. The fact is that some people get more grace than others because or their attitude towards other people and it sounds like AHern, the Mac Daddy of Bristol, has worn his out at Patriot Place. I never did understand the huge contract for him. He did not seem to be especially adept with his hands and often stumbled over his own feet when running in the open field. I never saw the fruit of the great athletic ability that was touted. He was good, not great. But maybe he hadn’t reached his peak in the NFL yet. Now he may never have that opportunity.

    It should be noted that the Patriots have done this before, and Kraft may be feeling the ghost of his wife Myra Kraft. Back in the mid 90’s, Kraft’s early days with the franchise, when cutting a player probably hurt him more as he tried to build a winner, they drafted Christian Peters out of Nebraska. After learning more about Peter’s violent history, the Patriots relinquished the rights to Christian only a week after the draft. The team said that Christian’s behavior was “incompatible with our organization’s standards of acceptable conduct.” Myra Kraft, the wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, personally demanded that the team cut all ties with Peter. It was the first time in NFL history that a drafted player had been waived by a team before the start of training camp.

    The team has worked with some players that have had issues elsewhere and they seem to do well in New England, even if their on field performance isn’t what they hope it would be. I won’t run the names off, but it seems like whatever they are doing there, almost everyone responds with “acceptable behavior.” You can’t fault a team for not batting 1000. This will hurt the Patriots this season, but I have a feeling in the end it will help them from a team building perspective.

    Losing offensive weapons like they have will be hard to overcome, but if there is a QB that can turn lemons into strawberry lemonade, they have him on the roster.

  62. 808smith says: Jun 26, 2013 4:00 PM

    For all of you talking about the ‘class’ of this organization and the decision to cut him… It takes him being dragged away in shackles before they do anything.

    Maybe had they cut him BEFORE all this I would agree with you, but they were hanging on hoping he would be cleared, forgetting about his past…

  63. cmdrsmooth says: Jun 26, 2013 11:09 PM

    Welcome to the 2013 Circus. Wow.. Tebow Time hasn’t even started. I see the future TE, it is “exciting” times to be a Tebow fan.

  64. cmdrsmooth says: Jun 26, 2013 11:14 PM

    Amen 88… Pats get no credit. They waited too long..

    “For all of you talking about the ‘class’ of this organization and the decision to cut him… It takes him being dragged away in shackles before they do anything.

    Maybe had they cut him BEFORE all this I would agree with you, but they were hanging on hoping he would be cleared, forgetting about his past…”

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